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Jets fall to Blues in St. Louis

Nick Shore scores the only goal for Winnipeg in a 4-1 loss

by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV / Winnipeg Jets

ST. LOUIS, MO - The Winnipeg Jets finished off a home and home series with the St. Louis Blues with a familiar feeling, a fourth straight loss to the Stanley Cup champions including game five and six of their 2019 opening round playoff series.

Nick Shore scored his first goal as a member of the Jets and his teammates had some solid chances to beat Blues netminder Jordan Binnington but didn't get any help from the goal posts at Enterprise Center losing 4-1 Sunday afternoon.

Winnipeg's power play was clicking Sunday afternoon but they hit a total of three posts. Two of them coming ten seconds apart during their opening man advantage of the first period and then Mark Scheifele hit more iron in the second period, they finished the day 0-3. 

"It's a tight game for sure. I liked the way we played in here tonight, you know better than our first (meeting on Friday) and we put up four (goals)," said Paul Maurice after his team fell to 21-15-3.

"Then it turns on a play or two. We haven't had a whole lot of good stuff on our power play just not enough finishing plays. It looks right, it's not far off from being right on."

Video: POSTGAME | Paul Maurice

The Jets dropped a matinee game for the first time this season as they were a perfect 6-0 in afternoon games this season, including 3-0 on the road. The Blues continue to win under head coach Craig Berube and it's all about their simple game that is making them successful.

"They put an awful lot of pucks deep. There's a heavy cost to the game, it was a hard game to play," said Maurice.

"Lots of puck battles along the walls. Really liked the first ten (minutes) of the second period, that was our best hockey that we played. Good lessons in simplicity."

Just like on Friday the Blues opened the scoring this time at 14:20 of the first when Alex Pietrangelo blasted a shot that Connor Hellebuyck stopped with his right pad, Ryan O'Reilly poked in the rebound for a 1-0 St. Louis lead.

It stayed 1-0 until the 5:40 mark of the second period, Logan Shaw with a beautiful cross ice feed to Nick Shore who one timed his first goal as a Jet to tie the game at one.

"It's always good to see the puck go in," said Shore who scored his first goal since November 23rd when he was still with the Leafs.

"But at the same time it's a little disappointing we came here for two points, weren't able to do that but now just regroup and get ready for Colorado."

Video: POSTGAME | Nick Shore

The Blues took back the lead with 4:51 left in the middle frame catching the Jets on a line change, Jordan Kyrou hit a streaking Jaden Schwartz in the slot and he went five hole on Hellebuyck for a 2-1 advantage.

In the third period with Luca Sbisa in the box for boarding, St Louis would take a two goal lead. After Hellebuyck made a huge save on Vince Dunn, Robert Thomas grabbed the rebound and fired a shot just under the crossbar past the sprawling Jets goaltender.

"First and foremost, I blame myself," said Neal Pionk who was on the ice for the insurance marker.

"I've been out there for way too many penalty kill goals. Structure wise the coaches are doing a good job. Myself, personally didn't get the job done. I see the guy coming across in front of the net, that's my guy I got to pick him up."

Video: POSTGAME | Neal Pionk

The Jets will travel to Denver and will play the Colorado Avalanche in their final game of 2019 on December 31st

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